Episode #427: Goodbye, CBGB
First Broadcast: 10/30/06
Repeated: 12/4/06, 3/12/07, 7/2/07;
Repeated: 11/5/07 Opening animation, "Free New York" title, and all opening credits cut off.
Repeated: 6/16/08 MNN's playback of the audio was overmodulated.
Repeated: 12/1/08, 12/14/09, 5/30/11, 10/24/16
On October 15, 2006, CBGB opened its doors at 315 Bowery for the last time, closing later that night for good after Patti Smith performed the last show there ever. We taped some of the ambiance outside the building that night, interviewing several people to get their feelings about the end of this unique New York icon. Among those we spoke to were musician Matt Pless, artist Andrew Galindo, a member of the Hungry March Band, and the legendary David Peel, who performed the song that ended up as our title, "Goodbye CBGB". If you couldn't see this show on MNN, don't fret: Free New York now has a presence on YouTube, and you can watch the (almost) complete episode there (and on our multimedia page) as well. Finally, something useful on the Internet!
So, what is Free New York anyway? The simple answer is that it's a
this neat little
public access TV show on
Manhattan Neighborhood Network which I co-produce with the
tremendous help of my camerawoman/editor/everything else,
Kim. The complicated answer
is that it's a project of mine to broadcast opinions and events which
don't always appear within "the mainstream media" (like The New York Times,
the major networks, local radio, etc.), and so far I think it's been working.
If you think I'm doing a good job--or not--and you feel
like sending me snail mail, the address is:
Free New York
P.O. Box 20945
Tompkins Square Station
New York, NY 10009
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